Doc Rivers admits Clippers not a ‘flip-the-switch’ team
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has used 28 different starting lineups this season because of injuries.
The Clippers’ Monday win against the Memphis Grizzlies at home represented only the fifth time this season that the Clippers had their entire roster available.
Speaking with Clippers reporters, Rivers addressed how injuries have shaped LA’s season:
“I don’t think we are a flip-the-switch team,” River said, via ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly. “I would say anyone who says that doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Because flip-the-switch teams are teams that have been healthy all year and just have chosen not to play. But when you are out of sorts with different lineups, that’s different. I would say it is dangerous [to do that] but teams have done it. Golden State, by the way, did it a couple of times and won titles. You can do both.”
The Clippers are 38-19 on the season. They are currently sitting in third place in the Western Conference standings.
It’s going to take time for All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to develop chemistry with the two newest players in LA: Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris. The Clippers will use the remainder of the regular season to ensure that these four key players are on the same page once the playoffs start.